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Compensation & Benefits

DOL orders back pay for denied covid leave

File this under “That was quick!” The U.S. Department of Labor just wrested $41,214 in back wages for 17 California employees who complained they had been denied paid sick leave they were entitled to for coronavirus-related reasons.

Explore all childcare options to help working parents

With most public school systems announcing they will at least start the fall semester conducting virtual classes, many of your employees will soon face familiar hurdles. Possible solutions fall into three broad categories: flexibility at work, flexibility from work and caregiver support.

Federal court invalidates some FFCRA regulations

On Aug. 3, a federal judge in New York’s Southern District invalidated some of the hastily drawn regulations implementing paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Workers’ comp increasingly covers covid-19

Most states have now modified their workers’ compensation systems to cover employees unable to work because they contracted covid-19 on the job.

DOL issues new answers on pandemic leave, FLSA and FMLA

The Department of Labor has been busy updating employer advice on the interplay between the coronavirus pandemic and the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the FMLA.

As pandemic spreads, so do lawsuits: 3 cases to watch

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chances that your organization will be hit with a lawsuit have risen sharply. There are already hundreds of covid-19 and coronavirus-related lawsuits percolating through state and federal courts.

Beyond job cuts, pandemic reducing take-home pay

U.S. employers have cut the pay of at least 4 million U.S. workers since February.

Next covid crisis: Lack of childcare for staff

To overcome the closed schools and lack of childcare openings, employers will have to use a multi-pronged approach.

New W-2 reporting requirement: Employees’ pandemic leave

Here’s something we didn’t see coming. You must report the total amount of employees’ pandemic-related family/sick leave wages on their 2020 W-2s in Box 14 or on a separate statement.

Fevered worker sent home: Is that a paid day?

One of the CDC’s main workplace suggestions during the pandemic is that employers should take employees’ temperatures each day and send home anyone who has a fever (100.4 degrees and above). But if you send workers home right after they arrive, must you pay them for that day? Depending on where a business is located, you may.